Dr Jenny du Preez
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jenny Boźena du Preez is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies in English with a thesis on the representation of queer sexualities and genders in contemporary short fiction by African women.

Her research interests include the representation of gender and sexuality, literature from Africa and the diaspora, women’s writing, and the erotic. She is also interested in the discipline of Literary Studies, its critical and transformative potential, the literary imagination, and the university.

Her current research project, funded by the National Research Foundation, asks how Literary Studies in English might contribute to Critical University Studies in Africa. This is an exploratory project that takes as its premise that many of the questions around Critical University Studies as a field of study in South Africa are similar to those that surround Literary Studies in English because of their origins in the West. The project aims to explore the ways in which literature, writers and literary scholars have (or have not) contributed to the critical project in South Africa, and to examine whether the discipline might offer resources for enriching the field of Critical University Studies in Africa.

She is an active member of ACUSAfrica, a network of scholars and practitioners interested in Critical University Studies and other alternative and radical approaches to studying the university.

Articles

Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2020. “‘Rediscovering the Erotic as Ordinary’ in South African Women’s Short Fiction.” Journal of Southern African Studies, 46.4: 689-702. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2020.1792123

Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2017. “Liminality and Alternative Femininity in Sol T. Plaatje’s Mhudi.” English in Africa 44.2:41-63. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/eia.v44i2.2

Chapters

Jenny Boźena du Preez. 2020. “Women’s solidarity in Sol T. Plaatje’s Mhudi.” In: Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi: History, Criticism, Celebration. Eds. Sabata-mpho Mokae and Brian Willan. Auckland Park: Jacana Media. 171-190.